They gazed up at the stars.
There are billions of stars in the universe.
I'm glad we didn't use the tent. It's so much nicer to sleep outside under the stars.
The restaurant was awarded four stars for excellence.
Critics give the movie three stars. Verb
The new television series stars a famous movie actress.
a concert starring some of the biggest names in the business
He starred in both baseball and football when he was in college.
She starred for the basketball team last year.
This restaurant is starred in the guidebook. Adjective
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During Season 7, Summer House star Samantha Feher went to Popper’s gym for a training session.—Emily Krauser, Peoplemag, 26 Sep. 2023 By 1965, Illya was a full partner to Vaughn's character and both stars were mobbed during personal appearances.—CBS News, 26 Sep. 2023 Whitworth was in attendance Monday for former Bengals stars Chad Johnson’s and Boomer Esiason’s induction into the team’s Ring of Honor.—Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times, 26 Sep. 2023 Afterward, video and photos showed that Swift left Arrowhead Stadium with Kelce, driving off in the football star’s convertible.—Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 25 Sep. 2023 Over the weekend, the star of The Idol stepped out in Los Angeles wearing a grunge twist on babydoll style: a tangerine jersey minidress with a ruffled collar and button-up details at the front.—Alex Kessler, Vogue, 25 Sep. 2023 Clients coming over in the acquisition include world champion surfer John Florence, Peloton instructor and influencer Kendall Toole, Olympic track star Gabrielle Thomas and dozens more.—Matt Donnelly, Variety, 25 Sep. 2023 The star tight end led the Chiefs in receiving with seven catches for 69 yards and the score.—Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, 25 Sep. 2023 The Selena actress, 54, was one of the many stars in the front row at the Ralph Lauren fashion show — called A Barn Grows in Brooklyn — on Friday night at New York City’s Brooklyn Navy Yard.—David Chiu, Peoplemag, 9 Sep. 2023
There are 50 million Spanish Speakers in the United States — and stars like Shakira and Bad Bunny have become the mainstream.—Gillian Telling, Peoplemag, 26 Sep. 2023 Graham stars in the film as Ann, a yoga teacher attempting to find inner peace despite her manic family and miserable dating life.—Caroline Brew, Variety, 26 Sep. 2023 The actor, who starred as college dropout turned legal consultant Mike Ross, shared a handful of throwback photos from set to Instagram on Monday.—Alexandra Del Rosario, Los Angeles Times, 26 Sep. 2023 Solange looked to her favorite fairy-tale movie, the Catherine Deneuve–starring Peau D’Âne, for inspiration.—Elise Taylor, Vogue, 26 Sep. 2023 Prior to appearing in 8 Mile, Breedlove contributed a song to the 2001 movie The Wash, starring Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.—Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 26 Sep. 2023 Fresh off the announcement of Big Mouth’s forthcoming seventh season — which is set to star Megan Thee Stallion — comedian, voice actor, and writer John Mulaney has revealed a slew of new 2023 tour dates.—Kyle Denis, Billboard, 26 Sep. 2023 The family starred in a fashion campaign together In 2020, the whole Jordan family — including Michael B.’s older sister Jamila Jordan-Theus and younger brother Khalid Jordan — starred in a holiday campaign for Coach.—Lia Beck, Peoplemag, 9 Sep. 2023 The script first came to the Oscar-winning actress, who had begun talking to her agents about nascent directorial aspirations, as an offer to star.—Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Sep. 2023
Neither will star quarterback Matthew Stafford nor star defensive lineman Aaron Donald.—Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times, 6 Aug. 2023 The star South African batter for Texas, Faf du Plessis, was out on his first ball—chipping an easy catch to a fielder off the bowling of the New Zealander Lockie Ferguson—but Texas rallied with explosive batting from David Miller and Devon Conway, of South Africa and New Zealand, respectively.—Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, 24 July 2023 Wednesday, July 19: Mercury Joins Venus, Mars And The Moon
Mercury will be to the lower right of a 5% crescent moon, with bright Venus to to the left and Mars to its upper-right (in between Mars and Venus will be the star Regulus in Leo).—Jamie Carter, Forbes, 17 July 2023 That included testimony from Cassidy Hutchinson, the White House aide turned star witness who provided vivid details from inside the West Wing.—Josh Dawsey, Washington Post, 2 Aug. 2023 Marchand swims at Arizona State and is coached by Bob Bowman, who previously coached Phelps and other star American swimmers.—Stephen Wade, Baltimore Sun, 23 July 2023 Enter Email Sign Up Now Ellison is poised to be a star witness at Bankman-Fried’s criminal trial, which is scheduled for Oct. 2.—Matthew Goldstein, BostonGlobe.com, 20 July 2023 And star defensive lineman Justin Rogers entered the transfer portal in January.—Ryan Black, The Courier-Journal, 10 May 2023 But behind star senior ace Ashley Rogers (0.76 ERA) and the dangerous bats of SEC home runs leader Kiki Milloy (21 home runs), McKenna Gibson (.375 batting average) and Mackenzie Donihoo (league-leading 15 doubles), Tennessee is the team with a target on its back entering the tournament.—Ethan Westerman, Arkansas Online, 9 May 2023 See More
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Middle English sterre, stere "star, planet, constellation," going back to Old English steorra (Northumbrian stearra), masculine weak noun, going back to a Germanic n-stem paradigm *sterōn (nominative), *sterraz (genitive), going back to pre-Germanic *h2stér-ōn, *h2ster-n-ós (whence also Old Frisian stēra "star," Old Saxon & Old High German sterro, Middle Dutch sterre, and, with reintroduction of *-rn- from oblique forms with presumed initial stress, Middle Dutch sterne "star," Old High German sterno, Old Icelandic stjarna, Gothic stairno), going back to Indo-European *h2ster- "star," whence, with varying thematizations, Old Irish ser "star" (attested once), Welsh sêr "stars" (singular seren), Old Breton sterenn "star," Greek aster-, astḗr "star (usually in reference to a particular heavenly body)," ástra "stars" (with a secondary singular ástron), Tocharian A śreñ "stars," Tocharian B ścirye "star," Sanskrit stār- (nominative plural tā́raḥ, instrumental plural stṛ́bhiḥ), Avestan star-, Hittite ḫašter-; with a suffixal -l- Latin stēlla "star, heavenly body" (perhaps < *stēr(e)lā), Armenian astł (perhaps < *h2stēr-l-)
The etymon *h2ster- is attested in all major subfamilies of Indo-European, with the apparent exception of Balto-Slavic and Albanian. The original paradigm can be reconstructed as *h2stḗr (nominative), *h2stér-m̥ (accusative), *h2str-ó-s (genitive); it is preserved best in Greek. The Germanic forms show the action of Kluge's Law (to those who accept it), according to which *-rn- is reduced to a geminate *-rr- before an accented syllable. The original *-rn- has found its way back into the base form in North and East Germanic, but only partially in West Germanic (it is lacking completely in Anglo-Frisian). The Indo-European etymology can be carried further, if the base *h2ster- is seen as a reduction of *h2h1ster-, an agentive derivative of *h2eh1s- "burn, make dry with heat" (see arid); the star would hence the thing that burns or glows (see D. Adams, A Dictionary of Tocharian B, Revised and Greatly Enlarged [Rodopi, 2013], p. 701). A different and less straightforward derivation is proposed by G.-J. Pinault ("A Star Is Born: A 'New' PIE *-ter- Suffix," A.J. Nussbaum, editor, Verba Docenti [Ann Arbor, 2007], pp. 271-79). Earlier proposals that see the origin of the Indo-European star etymon in the names of Semitic deities of the morning and evening star (Phoenician *‛aštart, rendered by the Greeks as Astártē; Akkadian ištar) now seem improbable.